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LOWELL MASON 
HYMNS 



Arranged for Stringed Instruments and 
adaptable for Brass and Wood-wind 

by 

EDWARD I. ADELMAN 




Price 25 cents 



Published for use in the National Hymn-playing Contest 
by the Massachusetts Federation of Music Clubs 



LOWELL MASON 
HYMNS 



Arranged for Stringed Instruments and 
adaptable for Brass and Wood-wind 

by 

EDWARD I. ADELMAN 




Price 25 cents 



Published for use in the National Hymn-playing Contest 
by the Massachusetts Federation of Music Clubs 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH 



Dr. Lowell Mason, referred 
to as "The father of American 
music" was born in Medfield, 
Mass., in 1792. While a clerk 
in a banking house he directed a 
choir. Realizing the need of 
better songs, he compiled his 
first collection of sacred music 
which was accepted and published 
by the Handel and Haydn Society 
of Boston, a choral organization 
famous for its presentation of big 
choral works. Mason was president 
of the society for five years, and 
introduced the proper distribution 
of part singing. Heretofore the 
women's voices had sung the tenor, 
the air being taken by the men. 

Masons one desire was to make 
music instruction a regular part LOWELL MASON 

of the education of the youth, and 

based his ideas on the principles of Pestalozzi which were especially suited 
for juvenile classes and had been brought over from England by William C 
Woodbridge. Public prejudice was very strong against having music taught 
in the public schools and it took three years to overcome this prejudice. In 
September, 1836, the school board of Boston on petition of many citizens 
allowed Mr. Mason to teach music in the schools but made no appropriation 
for the purpose. Financial gain was, however, a secondary matter with Ma- 
son. After three years the school became convinced of the success of the 
experiment and music was established as a regular branch of study. 

Two visits were made by Mason to Europe to study methods. He com- 
piled fifty volumes of musical collections and instruction books , composed 
many hymn tunes and part songs and simple anthems. The great con- 
trapuntest, Hauptman, said that his tunes were dignified and church-like, 
and that the counterpoint was good, plain, singable and melodious. 

He was given the Doctor of Music degree by the New York University 
in 1835. 




FOREWORD 



I am delighted to know that over twelve states are 
featuring the Hymn Playing Contests on their State 
Convention programs this year. This alone bespeaks 
their popularity and value. 

Clarence G. Hamilton, M.A. of Wellesley College, 
author of "Epochs in Musical Progress" says they are 
well worth general adoption for four reasons — 

1. U Because many well-tried hymn-tunes are among 
our finest musical classics, and should be therefore inti- 
mately known by music students. 

2. Because to play a hymn-tune well involves ex- 
cellence of both technic and interpretation. 

3. Because hymn-playing is a useful accomplish - 
ment, frequently in demand at social gatherings. 

4. Because the associations woven about hymn- 
tunes are such as to inspire in music students a whole- 
some reverence for the high calling of music.'' 

I congratulate you on the interest shown i n you r 
state, and while Virginia originated the idea, Massa- 
chusetts has "carried on" in a wonderful way. 

Cordially yours, 

Grace Widney Mabee 

Chairman of Music in Religious Education 
National Federation of Music Clubs 

Los Angeles, California 
March 15, 1929 



COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS 




PREFACE 



The hymn-tunes found in this volume are arranged 
for four stringed instruments to assist the students and 
teachers taking part in the nation-wide contests of 
Lowell Mason Hymns now being conducted by the 
National Federation of Music Clubs. 

This inspiring movement should do much toward 
developing a finer appreciation of Church music, and 
for the purpose of furthering this thought, this vol- 
ume is sponsored and published by the Massachusetts 
Federation of Music Clubs. 

We hope that this collection of hymn-tunes will 
prove a valuable aid to all contestants. 

Edzvard I. Adclman 

Director, Junior Department 
Weltman Conservatory of Music 
Maiden, Massachusetts 

March 15,1929 



WORK, FOR THE NIGHT IS COMING 

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The first five hymn tunes of this collection were used by the violin, quartet of the 
Weltman Conservatory of Music Maiden, Mass., which won first place at the first 
hymn playing contest for stringed instruments held in Boston, Mass, January 26-1929 
at the home of Mrs. Win. Arms Fisher, First Vice President N.F.M.C. 



Copyright 1929 by Edward I. A delman (Maiden, Mass.) 



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INDEX OF HYMN TUNES 



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Hamburg 


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Watchman 


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Harwell 


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Work Song 


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7*to0 Hymn-Tunes may be used for Flute Quartette by transposing' the same an 
octave higher.